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Great British Garden Revival

Posted: 07/01/2014 at 10:59

I find Rachel much more approchable than Sarah and enjoyed her part of the programme.  Gorgeous flowers for the garden and for flower arrangers.

I liked some of the birches Joe showed us - interesting bark colours and forms - but I'm not sure they're suitable for most suburban gardens, especially the small ones in new developments.  Fast growing, prone to blowing over in strong winds and short life span.  I wish they'd replace him with Mr Beardshaw or Mr Sinclair though.  Don't like Joe's presentation style and he isn't a plantsman.

Reducing the Noise from Road

Posted: 06/01/2014 at 16:02

If you want to save on space, try attaching some roofing or sound insulation blocks to your fence and then put another fence or trellis panels in front of that.  That would be about 6 to 8 inches thick in total.   We've recently had a new roof done and they took off the old tiles then attached slabs of insulation about 10cms thick and 1m20 by 4m on the outside of the beams and framework then put the new tiles on that.  

It would be quick and easy and you could always top it with decorative planks of some sort to finish it and protect the insulation from rain.  

However sound will rise above the fence so you may want to consider taller posts for the inside fence so you can attach trellis or wires and train climbers up there or support a hedge on stilts to give you privacy from the road - and any passing double deckers - as well as cut down noise.

  The picture was taken at Coloma rose garden in Belgium where such features are a common solution to providing privacy whilst being economical on space.

Evil foxes/cats

Posted: 06/01/2014 at 15:49

Great idea if someone is at home all day but they dig too.   Ours does - hears a mole or a rodent underground and goes for it.   Our newer Labrador has taken to copying.  Can't dig for toffee but he tries.   Good job I'm not precious about our "lawn".

Evil foxes/cats

Posted: 06/01/2014 at 10:49

Smelly though so not good in summer.

Evil foxes/cats

Posted: 06/01/2014 at 09:54

Some people welcome foxes and others prefer not to encourage them.  Cats and foxes will be attracted to newly turned earth for digging up grubs and toilet purposes respectively.    Foxes droppings smell particularly bad.    My cats also liked to sunbathe on freshly turned soil and thought nothing of using my seedlings as a cushion whilst they kept me company in the garden.

Have a Google for a water scarecrow.  It's a device that attaches to an outside tap and has a sensor which triggers a spray of water when a fox or cat passes.  They don't like it and move on.    You need to move the sensors regularly as cats in particular will learn how to avoid them.



I'm so so bored stiff

Posted: 06/01/2014 at 09:46

I swap babies and divisions and cuttings with members of my garden group.  I donate plants to a charity sale but, as I help run it, I buy some too and I swap plants with the lady who comes and helps me once a fortnight.   She has plants she thinks I should have and I have plants she can use in her garden or give to other clients, including my nieghbour across the road who gifted me half her gardener's time while I was laid up having new feet.

Gardeners are very swappy, generous people but I do have masses of seeds I've put off sowing because of lack of space or time and am determined to get those treasures popped and growing so, like I said, no new seeds - just yet.

I'm so so bored stiff

Posted: 05/01/2014 at 10:59

That's what worries me too Nut.   Too many babies and not enough space to prick out and pot on till they're big enough to fend for themselves in the garden.  I'll be working on that when the weather improves - making a new work and grow space behind the garage so they're more easily supervised.   No frost protection yet though so no point getting excited too early.

I'm so so bored stiff

Posted: 05/01/2014 at 10:21

I enjoy the Chilterns catalogue as it has humour as well as great goodies.  Plant World have good things too.  If you belong to the RHS you can also get seeds from their seed collection and distribution service.

Shan't be ordering any myself thiough as I find I have an embarassment of seeds in my box, both bought and collected - the perils of sorting out the garage and organising the new womanshed.  I shall be good and sow those and see what grows before I buy any new ones.

Bird feeders

Posted: 04/01/2014 at 15:14

Our garden birds get peanuts, mixed seed and fat balls prepared for birds and sometimes those square slabs of fat mixed with fruit or mealworms.  Very occasionally they get leftover cake or muffins which are usually fruit based so not salty  but they don't get bread.  We don't eat much of it ourselves and any that is left gets blitzed for crumbs for freezing and cooking later.

I've seen peanut butter for birds on sale but never bought it as I reckon there's enough choice on offer in my garden including seed heads and insects and so on.

Front Gardens & Evergreens

Posted: 03/01/2014 at 14:57

I have a box hedge round a rose and perennial bed which includes some heuchera and geranimum macrorhizum which keep their foliage.     In another bed I have a picea abies Rydal whose new growth is a deep red in spring so I grow it with a couple of red stemmed cornus.   Another bed has a large cornus Midwinter Fire for stem colour and green and purple leaved forms of bergenia backed by a conifer hedge.   Everything else is deciduous or herbaceus.

I find some evergreen is good for structure and interest but bare stems of trees and shrubs with some grasses and perennial seed heads add their own beauty in winter.

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